Explore the World of Mammals with Jurassic World: Dominion Adviser Dr Steve Brusatte

The Midlands Science Festival takes place this November and is delighted to welcome back to Tullamore the Sunday Times Best Selling Author Dr Steve Brusatte. Known for his work in palaeontology, his work on National Geographic documentaries and as an adviser to Jurassic World ; Dominion, Steve previously visited Tullamore in 2018 as part of the Midlands Science Festival. He is one of the world’s leading palaeontologists who is making new discoveries through the use of new technologies.  Steve’s amazing work and discoveries have featured on BBC, CNN and National Geographic and he is the author of the Sunday Times Best Seller “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs.”

This time in Tullamore, he will be speaking about his new book “The Rise and Reign of the Mammals”, an engaging and engrossing book about the development and evolution of mammals. With multiple contributions to science through his research and publications, he has also done lots of work on discoveries relating to dinosaurs having feathers and on small mammals such as the Repenomamus, a small badger like creature who actually ate dinosaurs, such fossil discoveries have rewritten the prehistoric food chain.

The Midlands Science Festival is supported by Science Foundation Ireland as part of national Science Week. Taking place from 12th-19th November, the theme for Science Week 2023 is ‘Human?’, which asks people to consider what it means to be human in today’s world, and how the decisions we make today will impact the people and world of the future.

Jackie Gorman, CEO of Midlands Science commented “ we are delighted to welcome Steve Brusatte back to the midlands again and his new book is just superb for anyone with an interest in nature and natural history. Some mammalian characteristics are very familiar to us all from our school classes in biology, milk production, warm bloodedness and hair but there’s one evolutionary advance that was in its humble way very profound setting us apart from birds, amphibians and  reptiles. The development of a joint in the jaw which gave us the ability to chew triggered a domino chain of changes to mammalian feeding, intelligence, and reproduction. Steve describes this in such brilliantly vivid prose, I was mesmerised by this fact and the book is full of these moments.  Turns out also that your mother was right  – chewing your food is really important !! Steve is an engaging, funny and passionate communicator of science and I would encourage anyone with an interest in nature to attend this event.”

At this event, Steve will be in conversation with well-known wildlife podcaster Ricky Whelan, host of “In Your Nature.” The event is kindly hosted by Offaly Library and Megan Cronly commented “In tandem with Offaly Libraries STEAM programme, Tullamore Library is delighted to host the Midland Science Festival during Science Week 2023.”

Details of this event and others can be found on www.midlandsscience.ie – events are free but must be pre-booked in advance.